Special Projects to do in Ruby
By Michael Morin, About.com Guide
Using Sinatra, a minimal web framework, to make small web applications. If you've never used Sinatra before, you're in for a surprise. It's not your typical bloated web application framework. In fact, the entire thing is less than 1,500 lines of Ruby code. Sinatra apps are quick, easy and quite fun to make.
- Riding Shotgun with Sinatra
- Using Sinatra to Provide a Web Interface for a Gem
- A Quick Introduction to DataMapper
- Creating Database-driven Apps with Sinatra
Ruby's not just for the web, there are some great libraries for game programming in Ruby. While it may sound impossible or difficult to program games in Ruby (which, let's face it, isn't the fastest of languages), modern computers are more than capable of handling simple games in Ruby. This series of articles walks you through making a simple Space Invaders clone in Ruby.
- The Main Loop
- Getting Gaming With Rubygame
- Visual Tutorial: Installing Rubygame on Windows
- Loading and Displaying Sprites
- Where Do You Get Images for Game Programming?
- Make Your Sprite Move
- Sprite Groups in Rubygame
- Finishing up the Game
Ruby on Rails
Rails is Ruby's "killer app," the reason many people have even heard of or start using Ruby. This series will walk you through creating a blog with Ruby on Rails.
Modern web sites are more than a collection of pages. These "web applications" often have interfaces other than the web pages you see in your web browser, they have APIs accessible from virtually any programming language. Twitter's API is a snap to use with Ruby, these articles will teach you how.